Portland Japanese Garden: Cultural Crossing

Walker Macy, in collaboration with Garden Curator Sadafumi Uchiyama, Kengo Kuma Associates, and Hacker, developed a significant expansion to the Portland Japanese Garden. This project transformed one of Portland’s most significant landmarks into a world class setting for cultural exchange and education of the arts and culture of Japan. The striking landscape architectural design also addresses the site’s complex environmental conditions. Strategies included low-profile, sustainably manufactured green roof systems from Japan, and buildings and stormwater infrastructure were sited to minimize impacts to an existing landslide fault that bisects the site.

Portland Japanese Garden
Portland, OR
Sadafumi Uchiyama
Kengo Kuma & Associates
Hacker Architects
KPFF Consulting Engineers
2020 National ASLA, General Design Award of Excellence
2019 Washington ASLA, Award of Excellence
2018 ACEC Oregon, Emerging Excellence Awards Best in Category: Water, Wastewater & Stormwater Systems
2017 Oregon ASLA, Honor Award and People's Choice Award
2017 AIA Portland, Honor Award